|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison (attempt), NH|
||Daniel Webster Scout Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, December 2, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The campground is closed, we parked just outside in the area marked as alternative parking. The map and signs there are confusing, the map has north at the bottom and a detour trail leading south, the sign say the detour trail is to the north. The sign is right, the detour trail is along the ski trail for a bit and then picks up a forest trail. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Start of trail is closed due to construction at Dolly Copp. User detour road (near ski trail) to the north of parking lot. Shortly after the trail leaves the detour road, the trail turns down. At that exact point, a large tree has fallen and blocked the downhill trail. We were looking for an uphill trail and went round the blowdown, then bushwhacked for about an hour before finding the trail after it turned uphill again. After that, there were a number of blowdowns, easily walked around. |
|Lost and Found:
||Did not summit due to late start and several hours bushwhacking trying to find the trail start and working around blowdowns.|
Once on the trail, moved right along. Boulder field covered in snow in alpine zone is exciting.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.